He was born before the light bulb was invented.
Jonathan, the giant tortoise, is the oldest land animal in the world and lives in a spoiled luxury on the remote British island of Saint Helena.
It is not uncommon for turtles to live to 100 years of age. In reality, turtles generally have one of the longest lives in the animal kingdom. Some are known to have lived for more than 150 years.
So, even in the turtle kingdom, Jonathan is a true record. The giant turtle of Seychelles celebrates a very special birthday in 2019. With 187, it is the oldest living animal that man knows today! As if that record was not enough, Jonathan is only one year away from the title of the oldest turtle in history.
Two giant tortoises photographed in the gardens of the Government House, Sant’Elena. The turtle on the left is “Jonathan”, which is estimated to have originated in 1832 and is nowadays.
Although Jonathan came from somewhere around the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, he had lived on the remote island of Santa Elena in the South Atlantic since 1882. He was already fifty years old when he went to Santa Elena as a gift to the governor of British territory. abroad at that time. Since then, he lives in the governor’s house, simply called “Plantation”.
Just think of all the historical events and scientific discoveries that Jonathan has experienced since his birth in 1832. He experienced two world wars, the Russian revolution, seven monarchs on the British throne and thirty-nine presidents of the United States.
The first incandescent light bulb was invented in 1878 and Jonathan was more than seventy years old when the first power flight took place. The theory of germs was not introduced into the scientific community until 1861 by Louis Pasteur. Even the periodic table has not yet been mounted.
Unfortunately, Jonathan does not have pretty pictures, but only because the picture was still new. The first photograph was taken only eighteen years before his birth, and even then, the first photograph of a person was not taken before Jonathan was six years old.
Considering his age, Jonathan remains surprisingly healthy. Although he is almost blind due to cataracts and has lost his sense of smell, he still has a very healthy appetite. In an interview, Jonathán’s veterinarian, Joe Hollins, told Guinness World Records that he and the “old friendly reptile” had a very close connection over the years.
If Jonathan has learned something from his 187 years, it is to not rush life. Live on the Plantation grounds, simply relax and enjoy life with your other three giant turtle friends: David, Emma and Fred.